Closing the Loop at Floriade

Men pictured next to recycling bins

Closed Loop has once more dramatically reduced waste and landfill created at the annual Floriade event in Canberra, including 46,500 drink containers that were collected during the event to be recycled through the ACT Container Deposit Scheme (CDS).

National Manager of Closed Loop Site Services, Bridget Davis, said the company aims to recycle waste created at events so the materials can be kept in use longer. 

“By separating waste into separate resource streams, we often save more than 80 per cent of the waste at Floriade from ending up in landfill,” she said.

The company operates across Australia and New Zealand, managing waste at many major events. By utilising initiatives like the ACT CDS, Closed Loop save waste from landfill through recycling, composting, donating or reusing.

This year $4,650 was raised at Floriade from collecting bottles and cans, a more than 50 per cent increase from 2022.

The funds were split and donated to the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) and Roundabout Canberra, to support their important work for the community. IMF is a health promotion charity that uses running to improve and promote the well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Roundabout Canberra provides essential items for babies and children to families in need.

The ACT CDS Impact Calculator also provided the equivalent environmental benefits of recycling these 46,500 containers into new containers instead of using virgin materials, including over 310,000 litres in water savings, 3,204 kilograms saved from landfill, and carbon emissions avoided equivalent to two cars off the road for an entire year.

The ACT CDS is a partnership between the ACT Government, scheme coordinator Exchange for Change and network operator Return-It.